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7NEWS welcomes Abbey Gelmi

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Gelmi to join the 7NEWS Melbourne team

Australia’s #1 news service today announced Abbey Gelmi is joining Melbourne’s top-rating 7NEWS team, led by Peter Mitchell, Jane Bunn and Tim Watson.

From next Saturday, Gelmi will present sport on weekends alongside Rebecca Maddern,  Mike Amor and Sonia Marinelli.

Gelmi will continue her roles across the breadth of the 7SPORT schedule, including her work on Seven’s AFL coverage and the upcoming Commonwealth Games. She will host Seven’s Footy Central for the first time tonight.

Gelmi has quickly become one of Seven’s most versatile hosts, having presented across the AFL, cricket, horse racing, motorsport and, most recently, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 coverage with poise, grace and infectious enthusiasm. As the granddaughter of Australian middle-distance great Herb Elliott, sport is in Gelmi’s blood.

I’m thrilled to join Mike, Bec and the 7NEWS team while continuing my role across 7SPORT. The opportunity to work with and learn from the best is something I’ll never take for granted and that’s exactly what the Melbourne newsroom offers.

Abbey Gelmi

Abbey has established her sporting credentials across Seven’s AFL, Olympics, cricket and motorsport coverage. She’s a great fit for a great team and another reason to watch 7NEWS for Melbourne’s best coverage of news, sport and weather.

She will be front and centre of our sporting coverage on the weekends, with exclusive access to the grounds on match day, and she will continue to be in the middle of the coverage for 7SPORT.

Shaun Menegola, Director of 7NEWS Melbourne

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Melissa Doyle to host This Is Your Life

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Special event series coming to Seven in 2022

The Seven Network is proud to announce that acclaimed journalist and presenter Melissa Doyle will host the return of one of Australia’s longest running and most loved television series, This Is Your Life.

The new-look This Is Your Life will debut on Channel 7 and 7plus later this year as a series of special events.

This Is Your Life celebrates one iconic Australian at a time, offering revealing insights, emotional reunions and never-before-seen footage from their closest colleagues, friends and family, including international names and stellar surprise performers.

This Is Your Life was an iconic and incredibly successful show for many years. We can’t wait to bring the format into 2022 and to welcome Mel Doyle back to Seven as its host.

Mel is one of the best in the business. Intelligent, warm and engaging, she is the perfect person to present This Is Your Life and to celebrate the careers and achievements of some extraordinary Australians.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming

During her 25 years with Seven, Melissa hosted Sunrise, Sunday Night, 7NEWS, Today Tonight, The Zoo, Where Are They Now?, The Latest, and morning and afternoon news bulletins.

Melissa and the 7NEWS team were recognised with a Walkley Award, a TV Week Logie Award and three international Edward R. Murrow Awards for their coverage of the Lindt café siege in 2014.

She is also an accomplished radio presenter, National Patron for the Make A Wish Foundation and an Ambassador for World Vision, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Adopt Change. In 2016 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her “significant service to the community through representational roles with a range of charitable groups, and to the broadcast media”.

I am honoured to continue the legacy of such an iconic program as This Is Your Life. I can’t wait to present the Big Red Book to some of our most loved Australians and together celebrate their remarkable lives and the people and moments which mean so much to them – and to all of us.

Melissa Doyle

Making its original debut on Seven in 1975, hosted by Mike Willesee, This Is Your Life became one of the most popular shows on television over its six-year run on the network. It was also hosted by Digby Wolfe and Roger Climpson. The program ran on the Nine Network, on and off, from 1995 to 2011.

The new version will be produced for Seven by ITV Studios Australia. The format for This Is Your Life is owned by TIYL 2010, LLC whose authorised representative is Ralph Edwards Productions and is distributed by All3Media International.

ITV Studios Australia negotiated the deal with All3Media International after its acquisition of the DRG/Nent library.

This Is Your Life, hosted by Melissa Doyle, is coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2022

Chris Reason awarded for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

By 7NEWS, 7SPORT, Seven West Media, SPORT

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason has been recognised for excellence in journalism for his “extraordinary” reporting during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mr Reason was awarded the prestigious Harry Gordon Memorial Award by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and commended for his special report on the showdown between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and US legend Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle – the first television journalist to ever receive the honour in the award’s history.

Mr Reason said: “I’ve covered 11 Olympic Games now, but this was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever had to report on. I’ve rarely seen a moment so uplifting and inspiring. It was the race that stopped two nations. And thanks to COVID, next to no one was in the stands to witness it. So being front and centre to relay that history and emotion to Australians back home was an honour and a privilege.

“It was a career high point being on this assignment, and it’s a high point too to be receiving the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. I met Harry multiple times and had enormous respect for him. I’d like to pay special tribute to producer Emma Dallimore, cameraman Paul Walker and editor Guiseppa Nastasi. Outstanding, each of them.

“The Tokyo Olympics was one of the most criticised and questioned in the modern era, but all credit to the International Olympic Committee, the AOC and the Games organisers for pushing through and delivering them – just at a time when the world needed them most. They brought hope and happiness to millions, and I was happy to play a small part in helping deliver that,” he said.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “This award acknowledges a true master of the art of television journalism. As 7NEWS Chief Reporter, Chris spearheaded our exceptional Olympic News team, providing our audience with a nightly all-encompassing trip through the events and spotlighting those who made the Games all the more memorable.

“It’s fitting that Chris is the first from television to earn the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. He’s now set the bar extremely high.”  

The independent panel of judges further observed: “Chris Reason’s story for 7NEWS was extraordinary. In the five minutes that it ran for, only 30 seconds was allocated to the race itself. Chris added more than four minutes to make it a much more personal story.”

Entries from both the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games were considered by a three-person independent panel.

Sunrise is live at the Oscars

By 7NEWS

Hollywood’s night of nights is here on Monday, and it all starts on Sunrise.

Kicking off from 5.30am, join Sunrise’s Natalie Barr as she rubs shoulders with the biggest stars live from the red carpet of the 94th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Australia’s #1 brekky show will have exclusive access to the Oscars for this special edition of Sunrise. Joining Nat to bring viewers all the glitz, glamour and celebrity interviews will be Sunrise’s entertainment guru Nelson Aspen and 7NEWS US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany.

I’ve covered floods, fires, elections and terror attacks, so to frock up and head to the biggest red carpet of them all is going to be different, exciting and a whole lot of fun! I can’t wait to bring Sunrise viewers all the action of the Academy Awards up close from 5.30am on Monday morning.

Natalie Barr

Channel 7 and 7plus is the exclusive home of the Oscars in Australia, with the 94th Annual Academy Awards ceremony to air live from 11am Monday, co-hosted by Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall.

The awards ceremony will be replayed at 9.40pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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7NEWS Melbourne honoured with three Quill Awards

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The Seven Network’s 7NEWS took home three prestigious Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism at the annual Melbourne Press Club gala event last night.

The 7NEWS Melbourne team collected the Quill in the Breaking News Coverage category for its captivating news coverage of the construction protests that paralysed the city – unanimously standing out in a field of high-calibre entries as an example of cool-headed professionalism during the worst day of the dangerous and dramatic breaking news event.

Commended for his powerful storytelling, quick thinking and technical prowess in an extremely hostile environment, 7NEWS cameraman Oli Bourguignon was recognised with the Quill for Shot of The Year for his exclusive vision of the protests.

7NEWS senior reporter Cameron Baud was awarded the Quill in the TV/Video News category for “Delta Removalists Uncovered”, unearthing the damning footage of the removalists linked to the start of the Delta outbreak that led to the lockdown of 6.7 million people.

Baud doggedly chased down his leads and was able to obtain the crucial vision, which became a vital part of investigations by Victoria Police and the DHHS and prompted the state government to place further restrictions on interstate-based removalists.

7NEWS reporter Cassie Zervos was highly commended in the Coverage of an Issue or Event category for her coverage of the arrest in the case of missing Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay. 

The Quill awards are recognition of the outstanding work our team is doing every day, and show why more and more people are making the switch to 7NEWS. We couldn’t be prouder of the winners and the team who backs them up.

Shaun Menegola, 7NEWS Melbourne Director

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7NEWS crime investigation podcast The Lady Vanishes surpasses 10 million downloads

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The award-winning 7NEWS true crime investigation podcast, The Lady Vanishes, has surpassed 10 million streams and downloads since its launch in 2019.

The 7NEWS.com.au production delves into the true story of much-loved mother, teacher and friend, Marion Barter, who boarded a plane for an overseas adventure 22 years ago and was never seen again.

The riveting 51-episode series continues to enthral listeners as they follow Marion’s daughter’s pursuit for answers.

Since its launch in 2019, The Lady Vanishes has been a labour of love for all involved. NSW Police initially dismissed the case, however, they have since reopened the investigation after listening to the podcast. It finally feels like we are getting close to a resolution. We’re closing in on the culprit.

A special thanks to Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, and everyone who made this podcast possible by investing support for our project from the start.

Alison Sandy, The Lady Vanishes executive producer

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Guinness World Record for 7NEWS duo

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr’s record-breaking achievement

Channel 7 Perth’s beloved weeknight anchors, Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr, have been certified by the Guinness World Records as the longest serving television news anchor duo, with an official record of 36 years and 247 days.

Rick and Susannah’s record was officially recognised by Guinness after a lengthy trip down memory lane to provide video proof of every year they have read together.

The previous record was a US duo that was together for 32 years.

I’m humbled to be part of a news team Perth has watched for decades, and equally as excited about presenting the news with Sue into the future.

Rick Ardon

What a fabulous journey it’s been and continues to be. Seven have the best news team, I’ve got the best reading partner and I love our relationship with the people of Perth. How lucky am I!

Susannah Carr
Seven News newsreaders Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr with their Logies that they recently won. Pic taken April 1986.

This week marks 37 years of bringing the news into the homes of West Australians, with their first live broadcast on 24 January 1985.

Rick originally joined Seven in 1978 as a news journalist and attributes a large part of his success to his grounding in news as an on-the-road reporter. Susannah began her career in media in 1974 as a radio announcer after studying Law and Arts at the University of Western Australia, she later became the first female TV newsreader for the ABC in Perth.

Rick and Susannah are very much part of Perth’s identity, and with their longevity comes trust and credibility, which is paramount to our audience.

There are West Australians who can’t remember a time that Rick and Susannah weren’t bringing them their nightly news. That relationship with our viewers is invaluable. I congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition and join with the wider Seven West Media team and broader community in celebrating their continued success.

Maryna Fewster, Seven West Media WA CEO
Susannahh Carr and Rick Ardon from Seven News are celebrating 34 years on the air together. Picture – Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

,Now into their fourth decade together, presenting more than 8,000 7NEWS nightly bulletins to the people of Western Australia, Rick and Susannah are not only the longest running news presenting team but also the most successful anywhere in the world. Hearty congratulations to Rick and Susannah from all your colleagues at Seven on a phenomenal achievement that continues to power on.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

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Sunrise #1 in 2021

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#1 for 18 years in a row
#1 every day nationally for three years
#1 every week this year

Sunrise has retained its crown as Australia’s favourite breakfast TV program in 2021, marking the 18th year in a row that the Seven Network’s iconic breakfast show has ranked #1 in its timeslot.

In addition to its incredible 18-year winning streak, Sunrise has also been the #1 breakfast show every day nationally for three years, cementing its leadership position as Australia’s most watched breakfast program.

In 2021, Sunrise won every week in the capital cities and every week nationally.

Each weekday, Sunrise reaches 1,112,000 Australians, with an average national audience of 450,000 viewers, 38% more than its closest rival.

MarketPeriodSunrise viewers Today viewers
NationalCalendar year (year to date)450,000 325,000
Survey year (Excl. summer, Easter, Olympics)446,000329,000
Capital citiesCalendar year (year to date)262,000220,000
Survey year (Excl. summer, Easter, Olympics)260,000223,000

These results are absolutely outstanding and a credit to the entire Sunrise team. It has been a year of mixed fortunes for many Australians, so credible information and trustworthy storytelling have never been more crucial. But Sunrise is also a family and it’s been a pleasure to bring some entertainment to Aussies when they needed it most. Thanks to our loyal audience for making us number one for another year.

Michael Pell, Sunrise Executive Producer

I love this show. It’s my second family. To clock up 18 years as #1 is something this big team of fantastic, hard-working people is just so proud of. We are here because of our other family out there, the viewers. Many of them have been with us for every one of those 18 years – breastfeeding their babies in the dark in their lounge rooms, snatching a few minutes of the show as they yell at the kids and get the school lunches ready, laughing and crying with us year in and year out.

We can never thank everyone enough for all the support. Gee, it’s been a slog the last couple of years with COVID, so wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and bring on 2022.

Natalie Barr, Sunrise co-host

Eighteen consecutive years as Australia’s most-watched breakfast program is a significant milestone for us. Just as parents have a sense of love and pride when their children turn 18, it’s the same for me with Sunrise.

I’m enormously proud of working with an incredible team here at Sunrise and proud of what we’ve achieved. I’m also extraordinarily grateful to our viewers for their support, their loyalty and for the privilege of being allowed to be part of their morning routine. And just like parents do on their child’s 18th birthday, you can’t help but cherish the experiences I’ve had as part of the program. The adventures I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the joy and love I’ve received. It is seriously the best job it the world and one I’m forever grateful to have.

David Koch, Sunrise co-host

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7NEWS Spotlight: Bubba Chump

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A remarkable story of love, loss and miracles

Olympian and world champion snowboarder, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, 32, tragically lost his life last year while spearfishing in a free diving accident off a reef on the Gold Coast.

As the snowboarding community grieved the loss of a young, popular champion, Chumpy’s long-term partner, Ellidy Vlug, was left devastated. The couple had just bought their dream home on the Gold Coast and were trying for a baby. In an instant, Ellidy had lost the love of her life.

Ellidy and Chumpy had met eight years earlier at a party held by mutual friend, big wave surfer Laura Enever. After Chumpy’s death Laura and Ellidy’s brother Dave came to Ellidy in her darkest moment to suggest posthumous sperm retrieval from Chumpy.

Thirty-seven hours after Chumpy died – and with the consent of his family, a doctor successfully removed viable sperm. Six months later, Ellidy fell pregnant through IVF. She announced her pregnancy in an exclusive interview with 7NEWS Gold Coast presenter, Amanda Abate.

With Ellidy and Chumpy’s baby due to be born any day now, 7NEWS Spotlight celebrates the life of Chumpy, the strength and devotion of Ellidy and the miracle of new life in a special event this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

It was an incredible honour to be able to share Ellidy’s news. She was so beautifully honest about a deeply personal and complex story. It still gives me goosebumps.

Amanda Abate

7NEWS Spotlight: Bubba Chump presenter Denham Hitchcock spoke with Ellidy, their family and the couple’s friends, including legendary surfer Mick Fanning, over several months, creating a documentary that delivers a heart-warming and fascinating look at love, loss and miracles.

I thought this was going to be a story that would leave me in tears most days, but it turned out to be one of the most uplifting stories I’ve done.

It’s a love story really, a love story of epic proportions and one that is far from over. It’s a documentary about one extraordinary woman with a vibrant spark for life. It’s about using your time on earth wisely, enjoying the twists in the road, and how no matter what happens, when you find your perfect other half, how they never really leave you.

Denham Hitchcock

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Seven knows news

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7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, 7NEWS Spotlight #1 in 2021

Australia’s #1 line-up of news and public affairs content will return to the Seven Network in 2022, with 7NEWS, Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise, The Morning Show, 7NEWS Spotlight, The Latest from 7NEWS and 7NEWS.com.au set to keep the nation informed and educated.

The most trusted evening news bulletin, 7NEWS, ranks #1 nationally this year with an average 1.65 million viewers nationally Monday to Friday, 1.38 million on Saturdays and 1.69 million on Sundays.

7NEWS dominates the Perth and Adelaide markets, while on the East Coast it has halved the gap on its main rival and recorded its highest audience share since the one-hour news bulletin started in 2014. In fact, 7NEWS Sydney and 7NEWS Melbourne have achieved their highest shares since 2010.

From Sunrise and The Morning Show, to 7NEWS at 6pm and The Latest, and everything in between, Seven delivers the best, most comprehensive and most watched news and public affairs content on Australian TV.

In front of and behind the camera, our people do an amazing job, producing more than 5,300 hours of news and public affairs content a year and bringing Australians all the local, national and international news they need to know.

“That’s why 7NEWS has been #1 nationally for the past six years, Sunrise has been #1 for 18 years and The Morning Show has been #1 for 14 years.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

The success of 7NEWS is led by the winning teams of Mark Ferguson, Michael Usher, Mel McLaughlin and Angie Asimus in Sydney; Peter Mitchell, Tim Watson, Jane Bunn and Mike Amor in Melbourne; Sharyn Ghidella, Max Futcher, Tony Auden and Shane Webke in Brisbane; Susannah Carr, Rick Ardon and Samantha Jolly in Perth; Jane Doyle, Mark Soderstrom and Amelia Mulcahy in Adelaide; and Amanda Abate and Steve Titmus on the Gold Coast.

The Latest from 7NEWS with Michael Usher and Angela Cox has become essential late-night viewing for many Australians, winning its timeslot each weeknight. It returns in 2022.

7NEWS Spotlight had a remarkable 2021, delivering ground-breaking and high-rating reports including The Phenomenon, Craig McLachlan, Delta On Board, Martin Bryant’s Dark Secrets, Fight Of His Life, Saving Candice and Ride Of Your Life.

The Phenomenon drew almost 1.2 million viewers nationally, while the Craig McLachlan and Martin Bryant investigations were both watched by more than 1.1 million people.

The 7NEWS Spotlight specials dominated their timeslot. They will return in 2022 with more exclusive, ground-breaking and, at times, heart-wrenching investigations.

7NEWS Specials were another important part of Seven’s news line-up this year, including the news-breaking Ivan Milat: Buried Secrets and The Disappearance of William Tyrrell.

7NEWS.com.au continues to draw new, younger Australians to the 7NEWS brand and ranks as the #1 news website among people aged under 40.

Sunrise ruled breakfast television again in 2021, winning every week of the year and ranking #1 for the 18th consecutive year. Each weekday, Sunrise reaches 990,000 Australians, with an average national audience of 458,000, 40% more than its closest rival.

Sunrise will be back in 2022, with co-hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr, sports presenter Mark Beretta, newsreader Edwina Bartholomew, weatherman Sam Mac and Weekend Sunrise co-hosts Monique Wright and Matt Doran presenting all the latest news, sport and weather.

In the mornings, The Morning Show has been #1 for 14 years in a row. Co-hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies are the undisputed stars of daytime TV, and they will be back next year to keep Australia informed, entertained and inspired.

This year was an extraordinary year for news and Seven brought Australians everything they needed to know. Our news and public affairs teams work very hard to earn and keep our viewers’ trust and we’re honoured to be number one.

Next year with be another big year for news, both here – as Australia emerges from lockdown and heads into a Federal election – and around the world, and Seven will be there to cover it all.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

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